ANNOUNCEMENTS - 6.16.14
Welcome friends, current and perspective students, and alumni:
The Department of Architecture is in very high demand and, because of this, it is able to admit very well-qualified students. Our undergraduate program receives over 1500 applications for 120 places, and our graduate program is also highly selective. Cal Poly Pomona architecture graduates are highly sought after by design firms and many gain admittance into highly-selective graduate programs. The popularity of Cal Poly Pomona's architecture program is based, in part, due to its reputation for excellent design instruction, for teaching the technical aspects of architecture, and for its expertise in sustainability, historic preservation, and healthcare design. The architecture department at Cal Poly Pomona is building on these strengths by improving its design, technology and fabrication facilities and by hiring highly-qualified faculty.
Last summer we revamped our design studio space (the IDC). We installed new desks and pin-up partitions (all on casters so that the space can be easily reconfigured). This change has allowed us to increase the capacity of the IDC from 250 to 350 students, which has allowed us to double the number of transfer students we accept. This summer we will be creating two new 1280sf labs: a structures/material technology/environmental controls lab and a very well-equipped digital fabrication lab.
We are also building on these strengths through our faculty. We have recently hired a number of highly qualified faculty, including Assistant Professor Marc Schulitz, a licensed architect in Germany and partner at the award winning firm of Schulitz Architekten GmbH. Prof Schulitz was in charge of numerous international sports arena projects, including the 2006 FIFA World Cup Arena in Hanover and the Lentpark ice and swim stadium in Cologne, Germany. His work has been featured in many international periodicals and books.
Our students continue to win numerous national and regional design awards and scholarships. Most recently our students swept the CASH Awards (the Coalition for Adequate School Housing), winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place (a repeat of last year's sweep).
Below you can read about our upcoming events, and faculty and student accomplishments.
Welcome to new Assistant Professor Robert Alexander
The Department of Architecture is delighted to announce that Robert Alexander will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor Design and Digital Instruction in September.
Robert Alexander, principal of BobCat Studio, was born and raised in Southern California where he received his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona in 2001. In 2005 he received his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In addition to his professional experience on a wide variety of projects with the architecture firms Rafael Vinoly Architects, Behnisch Architekten, and Daly Genik, he has taught first year design studios at Cal Poly Pomona during the past seven years. He is currently the coordinator for both the Winter and Spring quarters and over the years has led several advanced topic studios as well serving as the Interim Director of Cal Poly’s Neutra VDL House in 2011. In 2008, Mr. Alexander won the Cavin Fellowship and received the Boston Society of Architect’s Rotch Scholarship in 2013, which started his current research on the urban effects of large-scale incomplete building projects in Europe.
VDL Selected as one of Storefront's Worldwide Outposts
"Storefront for Art and Architecture announces the 10 selected projects that will be part of WorldWide Storefront (“WWSF”), a new initiative to provide a simultaneous, multi-locus of alternative spaces around the globe and a digital platform for the expression and exchange of latent desires within contemporary art and architecture practices." The project is a collaboration between Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Big City Forum, and Cal Poly Pomona's Neutra VDL House. Led by Mimi Zeiger with Luis Callejas, Leonardo Bravo, River Jukes, and Sarah Lorenzen.
For more info visit the: Storefront Website
Students design facility for TERRI Foundation New Campus.
The studio under the direction of Associate professor Michael Fox was a collaborative project with the TERRI Organization/ AECOM and Architecture for Humanity. The TERRI Organization will serve as the real-world client. TERI provides programs for children and adults with special needs, beginning with early intervention and family supports and continuing through retirement and beyond. What they learn, develop, and provide in these programs serves as a model that can be replicated world-wide. The designs and prototypes were presented at the Annual TERRI Foundation fundraising event in San Marcos, CA.
Welcome to new Assistant Professor Marc Schulitz
Marc received his professional Degree in Architecture from the ETH Zurich in Switzerland in 1999 and has since then worked as an architect in Europe. He has three years studio and lecture teaching experience at the Technical University of Brunswick and has continuously served as a design critic at universities in Germany and Austria.
Marc Schulitz is a licensed architect in Germany and partner at the award winning firm of Schulitz Architekten GmbH. He was in charge of numerous international sports arena projects, including the 2006 FIFA World Cup Arena in Hanover and the Lentpark ice and swim stadium in Cologne, Germany. His work has been featured in international periodicals and books. Schulitz’s firm focuses on delivering designs that are environmentally sustainable in terms of architecture, the integration of building services, and engineering. His Lentpark design was the first ice sports facility to be part of the European Union’s Green Building Program. Mr. Schulitz´s precise knowledge of structural principles has enabled him to move beyond the role of designer and push into the realm of engineering, thus leading him to work closely with internationally renowned engineering firms.
In 2013 the Lentpark project was awarded the IOC/IAKS Award in bronze. The award is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS). It is the most important international architecture award for sports, leisure and recreational facilities.
Six upcoming world cup 6 matches will take place in a stadium designed by Assistant Professor Mark Schulitz’s office of Schulitz Architekten.
Cal Poly Pomona’s architecture programs are among the nation’s best, according to a newly released report.
DesignIntelligence, a bimonthly report published by the Design Futures Council named CPP as one of the Top 20 architecture programs in the US. Cal Poly Pomona Undergraduate program ranked #16. Th eprogram was also named as one of the Top 5 architecture programs in the West. Cal Poly Pomona Undergraduate program ranked #5
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Associate Professor and Chair, Sarah Lorenzen will be co-curating an exhibit at the Neutra VDL House entitled Competing Utopias scheduled to open in July 2014.
Competing Utopias is a design collision that should never happen. But somehow, in Los Angeles, in 2014, twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it will. This experimental exhibition is a 'mash-up' in the most provocative sense of that word. Its force comes from the clash and fusion of two design cultures that have been kept apart but have been visually connected in ways yet unexamined. This installation will present Cold War modern design from East and West in one context. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Wende Museum and the VDL House / Cal Poly Pomona funded by the Graham Foundation. Stay tuned for more details.
Professor Gary McGavin was awarded the "2014 Golden Leaves Award" from the University Library for his book entitled Earthquake Protection of Building Equipment and Systems, ASCE was the publisher in 2012 with Jeff Gatcher and Phil Caldwell as co-authors.
Professor Gary McGavin received the AIA California Council (AIACC) 2013 "Educator of the Year Award”.
Professor Lauren Bricker has been elected to chair of the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). They will be sponsoring an conference in July 2014 at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Professor Pablo LaRoche received the faculty award for the “Transformation 2030 Design Competition” organized by Autodesk and Architecture 2030 for his work with students.
Professor Pablo LaRoche gave a lecture entitled Design in Times of Climate Change for the Earth Day 2014 Event organized by the AIA and USGBC Inland Chapter. April 22, 2014.
Professor Pablo LaRoche gave a lecture entitled High Performance Design for Architects. Key Note Lecture as part of the event Building Simulation for Net Zero Energy Buildings organized by IBPSA-USA/LA chapter. April 15 2014
Professor Pablo LaRoche gave a lecture entitled High Performance Envelope Design: Experiences at Cal Poly Pomona University. Presented at the Façade Tectonics Conference at the University of Southern California. Jan 11, 2014
Professor Pablo LaRoche gave a lecture on April 15th at Sci-Arc on the world of Zero Net Energy buildings.
Associate Professor Michael Fox gave two lectures in Hong Kong on Robotic Architecture: "Catalyst Design" at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on March 27, 2014 and will give a lecture on Interactive Environments at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on April 25th.
Associate Professor Michael Fox, was elected president of ACADIA for a second term. The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture is an international network of digital design researchers and professionals. The group facilitates critical investigations into the role of computation in architecture, planning, and building science, encouraging innovation in design creativity, sustainability, and education.
For more Faculty news, click HERE.
Student Samantha Schieldge won first place in the Metropolitan Water District's Eco Innovation Showcase for her Community Healthcare Collaborative Design (of Spring ARC402 studio).
Four students, Kevin Easterling, Adrian Newcomb, Anabel Velasquez, and Emilio Munoz won 1-4th place in the Designer Lighting Forum LA. They are invited to attend the Annual Lumen West Banquet where the winners will be announced.
Two students Hugo Martinez, and Jose Mero won paid internships at AECOM as part of an in-house competition based on studio performance.
Architecture Students Play Wii in Zero-G for NASA Research project
A group of architecture students visited Ellington Field at the Johnson Space Center in Houston this November to participate in NASA's 2013 MUREP Education Flight Program. NASA selected the architecture students (Martin Saet, Garrett Sanne,Brice Colton, Andrew Cartwright, and Brianna Wiley) for their proposal to research how video games are played in space. The week-long trip to Houston included a VIP tour of the Johnson Space Center, some personal time with an astronaut and, of course, the zero-gravity flight.
Watch the Video!
Negeen Irani and Anushri Vachhaniv won a scholarship to attend the 2014 CAE Spring Conference, The Value of Design: Enhancing Education Through Architecture in Barcelona, Spain. Website: http://network.aia.org/CommitteeonArchitectureforEducation/Home/springConference
Nicole Kamara won First Place in the Scholarship Awards from the AIAIC for excellence in academics, leadership, and design. Fall 2013, 2013 AIAIC University Scholarship Award. Scholarship from the AIAIC for excellence in academics, leadership, and
Cal Poly students swept the CASH (the Coalition for Adequate School Housing)Student Design Awards.
The winners are:
First Place - Kristy Yeh
Second Place - Gabby Uvidia
Third Place - Celia Bentsen
The CASH Student Awards program is open to all accredited schools of architecture in California. Students submit a K-12 school design from a design studio. CASH is comprised of the 1100 CA School District members, architects, attorneys, contractors, AHJ’s, and construction managers. The winners receive an all expense paid trip to Sacramento to accept their awards at the CASH Annual Meeting in February.
All are encouraged to read the entries (and leave comments) of our student bloggers on Archinect.
Nicole Doan: http://archinect.com/nmdoan
Noam Saragosti: http://archinect.com/noam
For more Student news, click HERE.
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